Historical Events in May 1929

  • May 1 Brooklyn's Johnny Finn sets 100 yard sack race in 14.4 seconds
  • May 1 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • May 1 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin

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May 2 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • May 3 Prussia bans anti-fascists

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 6 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • May 6 NY to SF footrace begins
  • May 8 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
  • May 8 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0
  • May 9 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • May 10 54th Preakness: Louis Schaefer aboard Dr Freeland wins in 2:01.6

Sport awardGolf Major

May 10 64th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • May 11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • May 15 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • May 16 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins
  • May 18 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8
  • May 18 Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs)
  • May 19 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium crushes 2 people to death

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May 19 General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-shek government

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC
  • May 21 Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son" premieres in Paris
  • May 24 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
  • May 27 2nd Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland, 7-5 at Moortown, England
  • May 28 1st all color talking picture "On With the Show" exhibited (NYC)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Ray Keech wins in 5:07:25.458 (157.048 km/h)
  • May 31 Atlantic City Convention Center opens